Main definitions of alexithymic in English

: alexithymic1alexithymic2

alexithymic1

adjective

Psychiatry
  • Relating to or having alexithymia (the condition of being unable to recognize or describe one's own emotions)

    ‘to achieve a diagnosis of alexithymic symptoms, a person would need to receive evaluation’
    ‘alexithymic people are likely to feel lonely and have difficulty communicating intimately’

Main definitions of alexithymic in English

: alexithymic1alexithymic2

alexithymic2

adjective

Psychology
  • Affected with alexithymia; of or relating to alexithymia.

noun

Psychology
  • An alexithymic person.

Origin

1970s: from a- + Greek lexis ‘speech’ + thymos ‘soul’ (understood by the psychotherapist Peter Sifneos, who coined the term, to mean ‘mood’) + -ic<br>1970s. From a- + ancient Greek λέξις speech + θυμός soul, understood by the coiner, P. E. Sifneos, to have the meaning ‘mood’ + -ic.

Pronunciation

alexithymic

/əˌlɛksɪˈθʌɪmɪk/